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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18

Topics Live concert

Bertha*, Truckin', It Hurts Me Too, Loser*, Greatest Story Ever Told* > Johnny B. Goode*, Mama Tried, Hard To Handle, Dark Star > Wharf Rat* > Dark Star > Me & My Uncle Casey Jones, Playin' In The Band, Me And Bobby McGee, Candyman, Big Boss Man, Sugar Magnolia, Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad > Not Fade Away > Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Soundboard (no remastering)
Lineage 7inch 2-track BBD reel w/dolby A @ 7.5 ips > PCM501ES@ 44.055 kHz > analog out > dolby A decoder > Apogee filter > analog in PCMF1 ; PCM501ES analog out > Fostex D5 @ 48 kHz > 3 DAT generations > Tascam DA-20mkII > SBLive! (48-44.1) > WAV > mkwACT > SHN
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Transferred by Dan Stephens and Scott Thompson


* first performance.

This is a direct copy of the WBOTB tape circulated in 1996. No digital processing has been performed other than resampling, leaving intact the "nasty mic feedback" during Bertha and the "annoying whine" which "hovers around 8000Hz" throughout the whole show. Other copies circulate with these problems removed, but I still enjoy the tape more when it has not been noise reducted. Not recommended for the non-puristic listener.


Reviewer: ehfan4life - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 10, 2011
Subject: loser, warf rat!!
the first for these gems...
Reviewer: gr8tefulfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2011
Subject: 40th anniversary today
I decided to write a review in celebration of the 40 th anniversary of this show. this has long been one my favorite dead shows actually i really like this whole run of shows 2/18-19-20-21/71 and have yet to acquire 2/23-24/71 and highly reccommended them to my fellow brothers, sisters. This is quite the monumental show for several reasons mainly for Mickey leaving the band after this show and my favorite 5 count em' 5 new tunes which the Dead played thoughtout their career. My plan is to shadow this run by playin these shows over the next few days
many thanks to the boys !
Reviewer: ah_uh_oh_um - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" February 18, 1971, at the Capitol Theater, Port Chester, New York, UNITEDS STATES OF AMERICA


Classic 71' Sound.

Get all the shows at the Capitol Theater, February 18,19,20,21, 1971.

A hop, skip and a jump from NYC, Port Chester was a great place to see the DEAD.

Garcia uses his WAH-WAH pedal on "Sugar Magnolia".

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Here's one way to stream/download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.

If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.


Hook up audio cables (1/8th inch stereo male jack with two rca male jacks at the other end) from your headphone jack on your computer to your audio input on your Reel to Reel, Cassette,VHS, CD, DVD, MP3, recorder and record it in real time...duh?

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD, for tomorrow we may die....

Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
Reviewer: tballz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2007
Subject: 71 Gem
Starts off with the question "are we ready?" and the band quickly establishes the fact that they are. Bertha smokes right out of the gun, and the pace never slows throughout. First GSET and Playin, great versions. Check this one out now.
Reviewer: godblesstheusa76 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2007
Subject: 4 star performance
god bless our memories of this wonderful band

Reviewer: d_berlinguette - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2007
Subject: Stars are aligned...
This one is absolutely amazing! Their repetoire nearly tripled over these years, and some of their greatest standards (Uncle John's, Bertha, Greatest...) came out in this period.
Reviewer: Brontis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2006
Subject: Must-have show
Historically significant show: Last time with Mickey until rejoins in 76.

First performances of "Skull Fuck"-era tunes: Bertha, Playing in the Band, etc.
Not to mention some priceless playing. "Beautiful jam" in Dark Star is aptly named. A Dead high point. Period.

Personal favorite: Bobbie McGee. Something about this slightly faster than normal version (for the time). Jerry shares vocals with Bobby. Very sweet vocals throughout. And Jerry's solo... gets lost a bit but it definetely has that special magic. Turn it up...
And a very nice Candyman.

Sounds better than the other remixed version.
Reviewer: jeromejohngarcia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2006
Subject: Beautiful Gig
The best Dark Star performance I heard the last time.
All in all, great sound, but I can't download it, thats sad.
Reviewer: kamala - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 2, 2006
Subject: "Beautiful Jam"
Get the Remastered version.
The transitional jam between Wharf Rat & Dark Star was featured on the "So Many Roads" box set (the one with the five, different colored, steal your face cd's). Respectively titled "Beautiful Jam", this one couldn't be sweeter. I've loved this jam for years, but always, to my great disappointment, the track fades out just as you hear the first 6 notes of Dark Star, leaving it up to your imagination to fill in the literally endless void of what I know now that they so beautifully melt into (not to mention it's origin). Ecstatic to find this one. Well worth the download for this jam alone. show 4 1/2 stars. great sound.
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2006
Subject: another killer
from my favorite 6 months( wellllll... maybe some peddle steel with Nelson in 70). The greatest band of all time delivers again. 71 takes a lot of crap for bad harmonies et al. but when the boys were on.... It was blessed. Did I just say that? INSPRED from a higher power. once again Billy is a good way.Just listen and dance!
Reviewer: Whitelynx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2006
Subject: Huge show but not the first Johnny B...
This is indeed a classy show (and I am NO Port Chester fan) but definitively not the first Johnny B. Goode. The first in my collection being September 7, 1969 ...
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2006
Subject: Candyman
very impressed with this show, no need to pad the ego of the first set, pay attention to the candy man, this is the best version played IMO. the portchester run sure is special .

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Reviewer: macfawlty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2005
Subject: A pretty solid show
I don't have too much to add but let me just say that the DS>WR>DS is definitely a good fit. Candyman, which I am not a big fan of is better here. Casey Jones sounds like everyone's havin' fun. Playin, I really didn't think was very good at all. It sounds redundant with no real jam and it's too slow. BBM is good. Sugar is real good.
Reviewer: PhilPhollower - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2005
Subject: stitching the patches of time
In 1971 the Grateful Dead were still blending their classic 60ÃÂs psychedelic untamed musical style with their soon to come cultivated, polished, and over all more knowledgeable 70ÃÂs approach. This show is a great example of those two worlds combining to make one intense show. This show also has the band playing a lot of new material for the first time, Greatest Story Ever Told (which is introduced by Bobby and Mickey as ÃÂThe pump manÃÂ), Loser, Wharf Rat, and Playing in the Band (Which prior to this show was referred to as ÃÂThe Main TenÃÂ and was an instrumental) were all brought out for this show. Even with New York being the bands ÃÂhome away from homeÃÂ the Dead only played at Capitol Theater 14 times over their 30 year run, which doesnÃÂt seem like much but considering that they only played there between March of 1970 and February of 1971 it changes the way you look at it.
This show holds My favorite Greatest Story Ever Told, even though Jerry isnÃÂt on the wha pedal, and one of my favorite BerthaÃÂs, its real fast and Jerry has lots of room to go off. An amazing Dark Star to Wharf Rat to Dark Star brings that 60ÃÂs vibe into this show along with an outstanding Saint Stephen into Not Fade Away to GDTRFB back into Not Fade Away into Uncle John's Band. You know the band is in the middle of a good continuation when they rapidly jump from one song to another not giving to much time to jam and intentionally figure out where they are going next. This whole show is great and I could spend a paragraph telling how good each song is but instead just download this one, itÃÂs a must.
Reviewer: beckettwatt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: Ned Lagin
Not really a review, but it should be noted that Ned Lagin sits in on clavichord and Farfisa organ throughout portions of this concert, according to an interview with him in Conversations with the Dead. His contribitions are most evident throughout the celebrated Dark Star medley, Casey Jones, and Johnny B. Goode. Lagin also sat in on electric piano on 4/8/71 and played some organ at the Berkeley Community Theater shows in August.
Reviewer: dsotm79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2005
Subject: this show still here!
This is an example of a show that is luckily still available to us after an "official release", albeit one song on the So Many Roads box set. It is the jam out of Rat back into DS. Amazing DL just for this moment alone. Also Mickey's last one until 10/20/74.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2005
Subject: Dark Star!!!!!!!!
Holy cow! This Dark Star smokes! Since 1971 was such a shaky year for the band, the best '71 Dark Stars tend to be overlooked (there are a few mediocre ones). Let me just say that this is the best Dark Star of 1971 (with apologies to 4/28). The jamming in the second Star in particular is guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Settling on an A to B minor chord progression, Jerry reaches deep into himself to pull out one of the most heartfelt solos I've ever heard him play. This 8-minute segment alone is enough to justify downloading the entire show. Really, how can you not be moved when Jerry sounds the introductory Wharf Rat flourish? The audience clearly was, just listen to them cheer their asses off. This Rat (first time played) is a little rough in the vocal department but Jerry makes up for it with his energy and conviction.

If not for the DS>Wharf Rat>DS, this show would not be worth downloading since otherwise it is typical 1971: too-long tuning breaks between songs, strained vocals and (mostly) rather uninspired performances. There are exceptions; when the Grateful Dead were good in 1971, they were REALLY good. The Sugar Mag, St. Stephen>NFA (despite the cut) and Greatest Story>JBG more than prove this. Otherwise I think that this performance is a little overrated.
Reviewer: treadstone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2004
Subject: Epic Show, Must-Have Soundboard
Although there is some high pitched interference present on the master reels, I still find this show to be amazing. Any attempt to reduce this interference will degrade the overall sound. I have proven this by listening to the original, side-by-side, with the Noise Reduced version which is also listed on this website. If you don't mind the downgrade in overall sound quality then by all means, get the Noise Reduced version. However, for those who want the most accurate version Get This One... Now!
Reviewer: dms - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2004
Subject: high pitched sound
This is not a sampling rate problem. This interference is present on the master reels. The only way to remove it is via noise reduction. FYI
Reviewer: DeadDave - favoritefavorite - September 18, 2004
Subject: High pitch whine
Definitely a high pitch problem with this version

I've had problems like that when using 48,000 instead of 44,100

Go with SBD
Reviewer: Nikolas89 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2004
Subject: spectacular
great candyman, candyman is a sweet song no matter how many ears you have to listen with
amazing setlist
Reviewer: moe.ron111 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2004
Subject: Firsts
First Greatest Story, Loser and Wharf Rat too.
Reviewer: JaCkSTraw8995 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2004
Subject: a great first
First Playin ever...just so ya know
Reviewer: IceBreaker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2004
Subject: Darkstar
This shows happened on the day i was born. Thank you Jerry for playing darkstar my first day. This happens to be an excellent darkstar, one of my favorites. Jerry builds into a searing emotional intensity. Listen fully through darkstar>wharf rat>darkstar. Try it out!
Reviewer: JohnOO - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2004
Subject: The jam out of Wharf Rat
Titled the "Beautiful Jam" on the So Many Roads box set, it is simply a fantastic "jam". While a show of many firsts (and Mickey Harts last for another three years), it is this three or so miuntes of music that will capture your imagination.
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